Indian summer ‘weather conditions that are sunny and clear with above normal temperatures, occurring late-September to mid-November. Bring it on, lets hope so.

Ive just got to tell you we had Rick Wakeman in the Cafe on thursday what a thrill. I didn’t speak to him and regret not doing so. I absolute love some of his music especially when it is with Yes.

With the few days of wet weather and recent sun the grass is greening up. Last Sunday Nick over seeded 25 acres of pasture at home. We have sown a mixture of deep rooting grass (for drought tolerance and bringing trace elements out of the soil for the cattle) plus red and white clover that fix nitrogen from the air, delivering it into the soil to aid fertility for other grass species. I don’t use any fertiliser on our grass as a. it is very expensive, b. we are in a nitrate vulnerable zone, c. I would rather do things naturally.

If your lawn is tired, thin, patchy now is a great time to over seed.

Also adding phosphates and potash will encourage good root growth before next spring.

We have a great selection of wallflowers (Erysimum) in stock. Planted out now in the garden they will flower next spring, they make a great colour combination with spring flowering bulbs i.e. tulips and daffodils.

As the ground is still warm planting some veg plants for later cropping in the winter is still possible, beetroot, cabbage, spring flowering broccoli etc.

Talking of veg this weekend we have in the farm shop, Red Kale and purple sprouting broccoli from Evesham. Mixed Squashes and Parsnips from Cambridge. Next Monday we will have Angus’s apples. Angus is a great friend of mine who grows 100 acres of apples near Bures, Colchester. My children when they were young would never eat supermarket apples but the would always eat Angus’s apples, so we are trying a few boxes next week.

Chris the Poultry Centre manager is doing a talk tomorrow morning about keeping chickens 10.00am – 11.00am Free.

Pat and John from The Shoe Cabin and Little Dress shop are having a clearance sale this weekend Saturday and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm on the lawn in the courtyard.

Have a great weekend, make the most of the lovely climate and start to enjoy the wonderful Autumn colours.


Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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